Rep. Darrell Issa will not seek re-election

Rep. Darrell Issa will not seek re-election

On Monday, Ed Royce, the chairman of the House foreign relations committee, announced he too would retire.

So far, five candidates have announced they will run for Issa's seat.

And more are coming. Of those 23 districts nationwide, four Republicans who hold them are retiring while a fifth - Arizona's Martha McSally - is expected to run for Senate.

History is not on the side of Republicans, but they still have some structural advantages that give them hope.

Democrats would need to win 24 seats to retake control of the House in November.

"When initially discussing the idea of running for Congress with my wife, Erika, we weighed the options of whether to run in District 49, where our business is located and where most of our friends and business contacts live, or District 50 where we reside".

Issa's retirement is a major blow to House Republicans in a district that analysts had considered a toss-up. "It is not missed by anyone that the president's numbers are lower than other first-year presidents". Though no retiring Republican has said outright, there is a sense in Washington, D.C. that many House Republicans simply want nothing to do with the upcoming midterms.

Trump denies demeaning remarks against African nations
Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, a country that shares the island with Haiti . Inside the White House, staffers were largely unfazed, even as the political and diplomatic fallout mounted .

"There is a structure there that may withstand no matter what, but the atmospherics have a caution light", he said. Educated, affluent districts in the suburbs will be the battle zones of 2018.

Lapp said that one major difference in this cycle is that signs of a possible shift in power are occurring earlier. "Democrats have been over-performing in special elections by about nine points over where a Democrat should be in a normal year".

The ASCE said the US now needs to spend more than $2 trillion to upgrade its infrastructure in the next decade. According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump's approval ratings in polls is around 39.3 percent right now, while his disapproval ratings are at 54.5 percent.

With the election of President Donald Trump, the political landscape changed dramatically over the previous year.

"Secretary Clinton won this district by a huge margin in 2016, and the cohort of strong Democratic challengers, unprecedented grassroots activism, and historic investment by the DCCC in Southern California means we are in a strong position to elect a Democrat to the 49th District this fall".

Some of Trump's policies are making it hard for incumbents as well. Royce's district includes many areas with high-priced real estate. The newspaper reported that Royce's retirement was nonetheless a surprise, as he was known to be interested in chairing the House Financial Services Committee. The others are Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Dave Reichert of Washington, along with Issa. Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced his surprise retirement on Monday. They both represent parts of Orange County, the once deep-red bastion of suburban conservatism that has undergone a transformation in recent years. Republicans have pressed Democrats to abandon any challenges to the Yancey and Thomas wins. "People say, 'Enjoy your chairmanship, ' " he said about comments he's gotten from Republicans. As Sean McElwee recently noted at The Outline, a majority of both college educated and non-college educated white people - voting blocks Democrats have been trying to court in recent months - support progressive economic policies, including a millionaires tax, more banking regulations, and increased health care spending.

Rep. Steve Stivers of OH, the chairman of the Republican campaign arm, predicted that a contentious Democratic primary would leave the eventual nominee "black and blue, and broke" and benefit the Republicans.

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